Caregivers Win! House and Senate Override Veto

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy THANK YOU!  This is a great stride for family caregivers in South Carolina. Both the House and Senate overwhelmingly overrode the Governor’s veto of $2 million for respite vouchers for family caregivers.  South Carolina family givers provide over $7.4 million in unpaid caregiving services.     Members of the House who voted in the affirmative were: Alexander Allison Anderson Anthony Atwater Bales Ballentine Bannister Barfield Bernstein Bingham Bowers Branham Brannon G. A. Brown R. L. Brown Burns Clemmons Clyburn Cobb-Hunter …

New Scorecard Give South Carolina Middle Ground Marks for Serving Older Residents

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy South Carolina ranks 34th  in meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, however, AARP feels more must be done to improve support for family caregivers, effective transitions, and home and community based services.  This report is the second comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. “The vast majority of older South Carolina residents want to live independently, at home, as they age – most …

News Release: New National Report Ranks South Carolina as a Dangerous State for Pedestrians

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy Columbia, South Carolina – South Carolina is among the most dangerous states in the nation for pedestrians, ranking 4th nationally with a Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) of  110.39 according to a new report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America. Between 2003 and 2012, 1,020 people were killed while walking in South Carolina, representing 10.7% of the 9,546 traffic-related fatalities in the state during this period. For the years 2003 to 2010, these fatalities …

Learn How to Avoid Scams

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy South Carolina is still reeling from a 2012 state government security breach that exposed about 3.8 million tax returns. AARP South Carolina and the Spartanburg County Public Safety Office are cosponsoring a free shredding event April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 150 S. Church St. in Spartanburg. People in any state and of any age can turn to the AARP Fraud Watch Network to learn about scams emerging close to home and how to fight back. To sign …

Supporting Family Caregivers

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy The Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging (LGOA) is requesting $4.7 million in the fiscal year 2014-15 state budget to serve needy seniors in their homes and $3 million in ongoing resources for respite services for caregivers.    The House adopted version of the budget provides a large portion of this funding; $3 million for HCBS services and $2 million for respite services. Why are these funds needed?  The programs and services provided by the LGOA are designed to allow seniors to …

Taking Action at the State House

Posted on 03/17/2014 by | AARP South Carolina | Comments

Advocacy Funding for Home and Community Based Services is #1 Priority for AARP SC Home and community based services (HCBS) prevent or delay frail seniors and persons with disabilities from being admitted to nursing homes.  Services include such assistance as personal care aides, adult day services, transportation, home-delivered meals, congregate meals, nutrition education, respite care and other services. The Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging requested $4.7 million in the fiscal year 2014-15 state budget to serve needy seniors in their homes.  …